LCMC Blog [Annual Gathering 2016 series] http://lcmc.net/blog/feed?series=17 Read the the latest news, announcements and articles from LCMC. en-us Lutheran World Relief Service Project Update http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lutheran-world-relief-service-project-update/a762.html Mon, 24 Apr 17 00:00:00 +0000 At our 2016 Annual Gathering in Denver, Colorado, we partnered with Lutheran World Relief to assemble 8,228 personal care kits for people in need. 

The staff of LCMC has received an update from Lutheran World Relief that the kits we packaged have been shipped to Angola on March 28, 2017 and should be arriving within the next four months. 

Lutheran World Relief will be working with Hope for Angola to ensure that the resources will be distributed to people in need once they arrive.  The organization is a partnership between several Christian denominations in Angola serving a population who lives on an estimated $1/day (US dollars) per family.

 

From Lutheran World Relief:

Dear Friends at Lutheran Congregations in  Mission for Christ,

Greetings from Lutheran World Relief! We're so thankful for your partnership, and for your energy and enthusiasm for this ministry.

I'm excited to be able to share some details about where some of your items traveled in the last year. You may already have spotted in your online Tracker record that your Personal Care Kits have gone to Angola. Your donations departed our warehouse on March 28, 2017.

LWR's partner in Angola is Hope for Angola {HFA}. Founded in 2006 by Angolans living in the United States, the organization seeks to advocate and support sustainable community based development for the vulnerable people of Angola to ensure that all have equal access to basic human needs. This distribution of Mission Quilts, Personal Care Kits, School Kits, Baby Care Kits and Fabric Kits will reach an estimated 20,147 people in Luanda, the capital city of Angola.
These precious gifts will support refugee, asylum-seeking and internally displaced families as they work to establish sustainable lives in Luanda.

To learn more about this shipment, visit quiltmap.lwr.org and click on the country to view a report. We will provide updates as we receive information from our partner. Thank you so much for your partner ship 'in bringing hope to our neighbors in around the world. We thank God for you!


Continued blessings on your ministry!

Melanie W. Gibbons
Quilt & Kit Ministry Manager

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Watch Now: 2016 Annual Gathering Videos http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/watch-now--2016-annual-gathering-videos/a753.html Tue, 14 Feb 17 00:00:00 +0000 Video content from our 16th Annual Gathering, which took place last October in Denver, Colorado, is now available for streaming online and in our mobile app

In addition to our 2016 Annual Gathering Series, which features presentations from our event speakers and staff members, we have also recently released two new video workshop series: Church Planting 101 and Pete the Planner

Designed for those who are interested in planting new congregations, Church Planting 101 is a three part introductory workshop led by LCMC's Coordinator for Church Planting Development, Rev. Dan Clites. 

Pete the Planner is a workshop series aimed at helping LCMC-ers explore the basics of financial planning. 

To access the LCMC video gallery from our website, click on the Events tab, then Media & Downloads, then Videos & Presentations

App users can stream video content directly from their smartphone or tablet, or play content on their TV screen using Apple TV or Google Chromecast.  (Learn More)

Our 17th Annual Gathering takes place October 8-11, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN.  Stay tuned for further details, and be sure to sign up for Annual Gathering push notifications in our mobile app to receive realtime updates when new information becomes available!

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Over 800 Attend 16th Annual Gathering in Denver http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/over-800-attend-16th-annual-gathering-in-denver/a737.html Thu, 06 Oct 16 00:00:00 +0000 A total of 806 people joined us at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center in Denver, Colorado from October 2-5, 2016 for the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ 16th Annual Gathering.  The theme of this year's event was "Back to the Future: First Century Principles for the Twenty First Century".  

The event kicked off on Sunday evening with an opening worship service preached by Pr. Ebassa Berhanu (Faith Lutheran Church, Castle Rock, CO), as well as the announcement that the association has a new logo as well as its first ever mobile app.  

Monday's program featured Keynote Speaker Dr. Ed Stetzer (Billy Graham Distinguished Endowed Chair for Church, Mission and Evangelism, Wheaton College), as well as reports given by LCMC Staff members Rev. Mark Vander Tuig (Service Coordinator) and Rev. Steve Lien (Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry).  Steve and the LCMC Ministry Board also recognized district leaders, certifiers, new congregations, pastors, seminarians, military chaplains, and those who were celebrating significant anniversaries of ordination.  

On Monday evening, participants had the option to take part in a fellowship dinner, providing them the opportunity to make new friends in LCMC, reunite with old ones, or get connected with one of several different fellowship groups.  

Tuesday's program featured Keynote Speaker Dr. Mark Granquist (Associate Professor of the History of Christianity, Luther Seminary), Dr. Jim Blessman (President and Founder, Blessman Ministries) as the international focus speaker, and a report by LCMC Staff member Rev. Dan Clites (Coordinator for Church Planting Development).  

Attendees also had the option to take part in breakout sessions, which fincluded topics such as church planting, engaging millennials, retirement plan options, and more.  

On Tuesday evening, many participants gathered together in the convention center to assemble personal care kits with Lutheran World Relief.  Through the generous donations given by LCMC congregations, as well as the muscle power of many volunteers at the Annual Gathering, the people of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ were able to donate 8,228 personal care kits and deliver 35 quilts to those whose lives have been affected by natural disasters and to people who are living in poverty around the world.  

Newly elected to the LCMC Board of Trustees were pastors Brodie Taphorn (Area 5) and Darrin Vick (Area 6).  Current members of the board are Sean Kelly (Chair), Martha Uecker Nelson (Vice Chair), Julie Smith (Secretary), Laurel Swanson (Treasurer), Brodie Taphorn, Darrin Vick, Enrique Estrada, and Christopher Miller.  

Wednesday morning's program featured "ministry vignettes" presented by Pr. Steven Broers (Emmanual Lutheran Church, Fontanelle, IA), Pr. Sandy Miller (First Lutheran Church, Hope, MN) and Rev. Jonathan Haseley (Barefoot Christian Community, Niagara Falls, NY).  The event concluded with a closing worship service preached by Rev. Michael R. Bonham (Peace Lutheran Church, Gulf Shores, AL).

Each day, attendees also enjoyed worship provided by Bethel Lutheran Church (Colorado Springs, CO), as well as Bible study led by Rev. Janine Rew-Werling (Hosanna Lutheran Church, Watertown, SD).  

Videos of this year's speakers will be available online on our videos page (you can find it under Events  >  Media & Downloads  >  Videos & Presentations) and in our mobile app in winter 2017.  For a downloadable copy of the 2016 Annual Gathering Book, click here or download our app.  

Our 17th Annual Gathering will take place October 8-11, 2017 at the Hilton Minneapolis in Minneapolis, MN.  Stay tuned for further details.  

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Our Website Has a New Layout! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/our-website-has-a-new-layout/a736.html Mon, 03 Oct 16 00:00:00 +0000 The LCMC Staff and Board of Trustees is excited to announce that today we have launched a new and improved version of our website in conjunction with our new logo and mobile app.  

To help make using our site a better experience for all, we have simplified our layout, made our site easier to navigate overall, and completely optimized it for use on your smartphone or tablet, so you can access the same resources and information as before in a more efficient way.  

In addition to simplifying our menu system, we’ve made it quicker for pastors and congregations to update their directory information, submit events for the LCMC calendar, and share their prayer requests and news stories.  (Just click on the red button at the top of the page you'd like us to update!)

Our "Find a Church" tool has also been updated, making it easier to search for nearby LCMC congregations in any area.  

We’ve also cleaned up the layout of our media library, making it easier to find and watch videos from past LCMC events. (You’ll find the same organization of videos and podcasts inside our mobile app, which enables its users to stream media to their TV using Apple TV or Google Chromecast.)

We hope you enjoy the new look and improved functionality of our website.  If you have any questions, you can always contact us.  

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Our 16th Annual Gathering Starts Today! Here's How to Watch LIVE... http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/our-16th-annual-gathering-starts-today--heres-how-to-watch-live/a734.html Sun, 02 Oct 16 00:00:00 +0000 Our 16th Annual Gathering kicks off after dinner tonight with Opening Worship led by Rev. Ebassa Berhanu, pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Castle Rock, Colorado at 7:00 P.M. MDT. 

Tonight's service will also feature a first look at our brand new logo design as well as a special video presentation on a new resource we have put together for every congregation, member and pastor in LCMC.  You won't want to miss it! 

If you're tuning in from home, you can catch a live feed of the Annual Gathering online at www.lcmc.net/live

A schedule for each day of the event can be found here, or by downloading a copy of our 2016 Annual Gathering Book

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LCMC Launches New Logo and Mobile App http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-launches-new-logo-and-mobile-app/a735.html Sun, 02 Oct 16 00:00:00 +0000 Today LCMC kicked off its 16th Annual Gathering in Denver, CO by announcing its first ever mobile app and unveiling a brand new, freshly updated logo.  

The LCMC mobile app makes it easy to access videos and podcasts, receive news updates, and stay connected with other people throughout the association.

With the in app web player, you can catch live events, stream videos and podcasts, and even play content on your TV screen using Apple TV or Google Chromecast.  

You can also use the app to access calendars, register online for events, and view digital versions of event programs and handouts.  

The app’s built in blog reader makes it easy to stay up-to-date on recent news and announcements, and app users can also sign up to receive occasional notifications, so you'll never miss out on an important announcement or deadline again.  

You'll also have easy access to the LCMC directories as well as the congregation search feature, so you can contact people or find nearby congregations even when you're on the go. 

In conjunction with the launch of our mobile app, we have also released a cleaner, more contemporary version of our logo and branding.

The color scheme and design of our updated logo symbolizes our hope as an association of congregations: bringing Jesus to a dark and broken world.  The red represents the blood of Jesus bringing light to the world. The color red in the "m" of LCMC emphasizes our focus on mission. As Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, we are all working together to fulfill Christ's Great Commission in Matthew 28 to go and make disciples of all nations.   

A great deal of time, thought and effort has gone into creating a logo that embodies the mission and vision of our association, and we are confident that our new design will help communicate exactly who we are: a first century church for the twenty first century.  

Tomorrow (Monday) we will also be rolling out with a brand new, mobile friendly version of our website.  To help make using our site a better experience for all, our new design will be easier to navigate and completely optimized for use on your smartphone or tablet, while still providing the same information and resources that are available today. 

Stay tuned!

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LCMC to Launch New Website, Logo at Annual Gathering http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-to-launch-new-website-logo-at-annual-gathering/a726.html Tue, 02 Aug 16 00:00:00 +0000 The LCMC Staff and Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that on Monday of this year’s Annual Gathering, we will be launching a brand new, re-designed version of our website.  To help make using our site a better experience for all, our new design will be easier to navigate and completely optimized for use on your smartphone or tablet while still providing the same information and resources that are available today.  

At this time, we will also be rolling out with an updated version of our logo and branding.  A great deal of time, thought and effort has gone in to creating a logo that embodies the mission and vision of our association, and we are confident that our new design will help communicate exactly who we are: a first century church for the twenty first century.  

Whether you’ll be joining us in person or tuning in online via live stream, we look forward to sharing these improvements with you in just a few short weeks.  

The LCMC 16th Annual Gathering, themed Back to the Future: First Century Principles for the Twenty First Century, takes place October 2-5, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center in Denver, CO.  Early bird registration ends September 1, so be sure to sign up soon to receive the best rate!

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LWR Service Project Update http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lwr-service-project-update/a728.html Sun, 31 Jul 16 00:00:00 +0000 As many of you know, we will be teaming up with Lutheran World Relief during our 2016 Annual Gathering in Denver, CO to help assemble personal care kits for people who are victims of natural disasters.  Our goal for this project is to raise $50,000 to help participants at the event assemble 10,000 kits. 

As of today, we have officially raised $43,750 in donations to help cover the cost of supplies for this project. 

If your congregation would like to learn more or make a donation, you may do so online or by mail by clicking here

If you will be attending the Annual Gathering and would like to sign up to help assemble the kits, you may do so by checking off the appropriate box on your registration form

The LCMC 16th Annual Gathering, themed Back to the Future: First Century Principles for the Twenty First Century, takes place October 2-5, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center in Denver, CO.  Early bird registration ends September 1, so be sure to sign up soon to receive the best rate!

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Annual Gathering Photo Contest Now Open! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/annual-gathering-photo-contest-now-open/a723.html Fri, 27 May 16 00:00:00 +0000 We’re looking for photos that exemplify what it means to be “in mission for Christ” in the 21st century to include in the 2016 Annual Gathering Book and on our website.  If your congregation has taken part in any projects, events or activities over the past year that fit this theme, we would love to hear about them!  This might include:

  • Community Outreach
  • Service Projects
  • Mission Trips
  • Creative/Artistic Projects
  • Disaster Relief
  • Church Planting Efforts

Photos must be submitted via our online photo submission form and will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Theme:  The subject matter of the photo must be relevent to the topic. 
  • Quality:  We are unable to use photos that are blurry, distorted, very small or have text over them. 
  • Story:  Each photo must be submitted with a caption explaining what's going on in the photo and the event or project that it was taken during. 

The deadline to submit photos for this year's book is Friday, July 1

 

More Info:  Submit a Photo  |  FAQs  |  Past AG Books

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Service Project Update: Lutheran World Relief and Meals from the Heartland http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/service-project-update--lutheran-world-relief-and-meals-from-the-heartland/a724.html Wed, 25 May 16 00:00:00 +0000 Over the past few years, "service" has become a central part of our Annual Gatherings.  In 2014, we packaged almost 300,000 meals with Meals from the Heartland and raised over $90,000 to do so.  Last year, we donated just over 160 pints of blood to a local blood bank in Texas.  This year, we will be working with Lutheran World Relief to help assemble personal care kits at the Annual Gathering, and participants at our Called 2 Serve youth event will be packaging meals with Meals from the Heartland
 

Lutheran World Relief Project

Our goal for this year's Annual Gathering in Denver is to assemble 10,000 personal care kits for those whose lives have been affected by natural disasters.  To date, we have raised $17,119.52 of the $50,000 needed for supplies.  

If your congregation would like to make a donation to this project, click here.  All donations must be received by July 1, 2016 so that we can acquire all necessary supplies. 

If you plan on attending the Annual Gathering this fall and are interested in helping assemble the kits, simply check off the "Service Project" box on your registration form


Meals from the Heartland Project

This summer, one of the service projects high schoolers attending Called 2 Serve will be taking part in is packaging meals kits for the hungry.  

Thanks to the generosity of our congregations, the staff of LCMC is pleased to announce that we have not only met our fundraising goal of $10,000 for the Meals from the Heartland service project, but have exceeded it with a total of $15,743.15!  

Thank you so much for helping make this project possible! 

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Annual Gathering & Seminarian Retreat: Online Registration Now Open! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/annual-gathering--seminarian-retreat-online-registration-now-open/a722.html Fri, 29 Apr 16 00:00:00 +0000 Online registration for our 16th Annual Gathering and our 2016 Seminarian Retreat is now open! 

Annual Gathering

The theme of our 2016 Annual Gathering is Back to the Future: First Century Principles for the Twenty First Century.  Held October 2-5 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Denver, the event features plenty of opportunities to get inspired, connect with other people in LCMC and get the latest news updates on our association. 

This year, we'll be teaming up with Lutheran World Relief for a special service project, where we plan to assemble 10,000 personal care kits for people whose lives have been affected by natural disasters.  We will also be hosting a fellowship dinner on Monday evening, giving participants an opportunity to make new friends, reunite with old friends, or get connected with a fellowship group of their choice.  

The event also features keynote speakers, worship services, more than 30 breakout sessions and the ability to connect with various mission and ministry organizations in our vendor area. 

All pastors, leaders, church members, delegates and visitors who register for the Annual Gathering by Thursday, September 1 will receive $60.00 off the cost of registration!  

Register Now!  >>

Seminarian Retreat

Hosted at the Ponderosa Camp and Conference Center in Larkspur, CO the weekend before the Annual Gathering, the Seminarian Retreat gives seminary students a chance to connect with one another, connect with seasoned pastors in LCMC, and ask questions about the seminary process. 

Registration is $60 per person with meals and accommodations included.  Spouses are also invited to attend.  Advance registration is required.

Register Now!  >>

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